Snoring is the act of breathing through the open mouth in such a way as to cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, thus giving rise to a sound which may vary from a soft noise to a loud unpleasant sound. This most commonly occurs during sleep. The cause of Snoring is some kind of blockage in the breathing passage. Those blockages can be of many kinds—here are just a few:
- Tongue falling back into the throat
- Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids
- Elongated Uvula
- Throat weakness causing the throat to close during sleep
- Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in muscles
- Fat gathering in, and around, the throat
- A tumor in the airways
When the airflow in the breathing passage becomes irregular due to a blockage the soft palate may start flapping. This flapping of the soft palate is what makes the Snoring sound.
Numerical statistics on Snoring are often contradictory, but at least 30% of the adult population and perhaps as many as 50% of people in some demographics snore.
Sleep specialists are discovering that snoring in children and adults is an indication of breathing problems during sleep. Snoring results from an obstruction of the breathing passage and can cause many health problems or even be an indication of the potentially life-threatening sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). New research indicates that a high percentage of middle schoolers with ADHD were snorers as younger children and do not perform as well in school as non-snorers. There are also many studies indicating that people with OSAS have a higher rate of obesity, ADHD or ADD, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, developmental delays, and have higher incidences of vehicle accidents, disability, unemployment, and premature death. If you or your child snore, you should take our on-line sleep screening immediately because it can be a harmful condition you do not want to ignore for months or years!
If you or your child/adolescent are struggling with snoring, you can click the button at the top of the page to SCREEN for this problem and other common Pediatric Sleep Disorders that are related to Snoring. This screening will give you recommendations of how to correct the snoring if you or your child scores high on OSAS or other major Pediatric Sleep Disorder.
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